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Amazon makes formal offer to buy 60 percent stake in online retailer Flipkart

NewDelhi: Online retailer giant Amazon.com Inc has made a formal offer to buy 60 percent stake in the Indian online retailer Flipkart, reported  CNBC-TV18 on Wednesday, citing reliable sources.

Reportedly, Amazon also extended Flipkart a breakup fee of USD 2 billion. Amazon’s bid is likely to be on par with Walmart Inc’s bid for the Indian e-commerce company, CNBC-TV18 reported.

Flipkart’s investors and founders are in favour of the deal with Walmart, with founder Sachin Bansal overseeing final negotiations with Walmart, CNBC-TV18 said.

Amazon is also seeking a non-compete agreement with Flipkart’s founders, the report added. Reuters in April reported that Walmart was likely to reach a deal to buy a majority stake in Flipkart by the end of June.

A deal with Flipkart would step up the Walmart-Amazon battle for a bigger share of India’s fledgeling e-commerce market, which Morgan Stanley estimates will be worth USD 200 billion in a decade.

The Walmart global team may come to India soon to close the deal, the report added. A spokesman for Walmart declined to comment, while Amazon said it does not offer comments on rumours and speculation. Flipkart did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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